Shawnee State University

Location: Portsmouth, Ohio
Website: http://www.shawnee.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Shawnee State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

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Red Light Policies

  • Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Examples of sexual misconduct include: …

    • Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials; …
    • Telling sexual or dirty jokes; …
    • Circulating or showing e-mails or web sites of a sexual nature.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Procedures for Investigating Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment at SSU 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unlawful and prohibited harassment can occur from a single severe overt action such as physical assault or from a pattern of unwelcome statements or actions that are sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to interfere with an individual’s work performance, or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment, when: … Has the effect of interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance, or, creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment (hostile environment). Examples of hostile environment harassment may include, but are not limited to:

    • Comments that are negative and consistently targeted at one gender, race, or other Title VII category, or sexual orientation. …
    • Verbal conduct such as epithets; derogatory or obscene comments; slurs or sexual invitations; negatively stereotypical jokes; propositions; suggestive, insulting, obscene comments or other verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic, verbal commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies, race-based insults, intimidations, or ridicule. …
    • Visual conduct such as derogatory posters, photographs, cartoons, drawings or gestures or other displays in the work place of sexually or racially derogatory objects or pictures; transmitting or posting via electronic or other medium defamatory, harassing, obscene or threatening messages or any communications prohibited by law.

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  • Conditions for Use of Campus Computing Resources: Mass Distribution 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Mass distribution is defined as sending an email to a group of University users, who have not otherwise indicated their desire to receive messages not directly related to their University position or University mission. Sending multiple copies of the same message to multiple groups is also mass distribution. Mass distribution of messages is permissible only for University business and official University-sponsored activities. Mass distribution of other non-University business and non-University-sponsored activities may be considered “spamming” and a violation of the Conditions for Use of Campus Computing Resources as determined by the President or President’s designee.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Violations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment, intimidation, stalking, bullying, including cyber-bullying, and/or other threatening behavior.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Statement of General Principles 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    All members of the university community share a responsibility for maintaining an environment where actions are guided by mutual respect, civility, and integrity.

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Green Light Policies
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